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All the answers to the most unusual questions about travelling.

WHO INVENTED THE AIRPLANE TRAY TABLE?

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The first ever meal was served on a flight from London to Paris on 1 May 1927. The luxury service was called ‘Silver Wing’ because in those days the most exclusive airplanes had shining silver fuselages. Silver Wing lunches consisted of highly sophisticated dishes, a...

PRIDE! THERE’S A TOUCH OF TURQUOISE IN THE RAINBOW TOO

As an airline, we’re interested first and foremost in the needs of all of our passengers, whether they’re occasional travellers or frequent flyers. In the past few weeks, we’ve used the rainbow flag as our profile picture on our social media. Most people know that...

BLIND PILOT: FINALLY POSSIBLE THANKS TO TECHNOLOGY

“To be blind is not miserable; not to be able to bear blindness, that is miserable.” These words by the British writer John Milton, who published his literary masterpiece, Paradise Lost, 10 years after he had lost his sight, almost seem if they had been...

AIRPORT CODES

Whether you’re a frequent flyer or occasional holiday-maker, you will have no doubt noticed that the departure and destination airport names are indicated with three-letter codes on your flight ticket. For example, if you’re a passenger on Air Dolomiti flight EN8191, you’ll be flying from...

WHO ARE PLANE SPOTTERS?

Are you familiar with birdwatching? It’s an activity, somewhere between a hobby and studying, involving observing birds in their natural environment. Swap birds for aeroplanes and you get plane spotting. :) Plane spotters are passionate about aeroplanes and sometimes also photography. They lie in wait in strategic...

INTERPRETING DREAMS: FLIGHT

Have you ever dreamed of flying? We’ve borrowed some data from a unique piece of research carried out at the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim, Germany, in order to understand how and how frequently people dream of flying. More than 63% of participants...

FIVE THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT AEROPLANES

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Anyone who has followed our blog for a while probably knows that we have a dedicated column for more technical topics, but here on #DYK (‘Did You Know?’), we like to keep things lighter… We’ve put together a list of things you didn’t know about...

WHY IS THE COMMAND BAR CALLED THE “CLOCHE” IN ITALIAN?

Each article on our blog is translated into three languages: Italian, German and English. Sometimes we talk about themes that cross over between languages, but in some cases the use of one language rather than another requires further clarification. No sooner said than done! In...

HOW MANY AEROPLANES HEAD FOR THE SKIES EACH DAY AROUND THE WORLD?

Wherever you are in the world, if you look up towards the sky, there’s a good chance you’ll see an aeroplane flying. Maybe even more than one. We can’t say exactly how many aeroplanes are in the air around the world at any one time,...

WHAT ARE THE WHITE CONTRAILS OF AIRPLANES?

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Internet conspiracy theorists, please excuse us. We believe it is the right time to talk about one of the most “burning” topics on this blog dedicate to the world of the flight and airplanes: the contrails. No mystery, but only science. In order to convince you that...